Dear Rainey family



Dear Rainey family,


It is understandable that we are all feeling worried and disappointed at this present moment in time.  Schools have been closed, exams, holidays and social events have all been cancelled, jobs have been lost, supermarkets have empty shelves and people we know may fall ill.


However, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” (Henri Matisse) Your teachers and the government are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure your education and progress continue.  People are working tirelessly together around the world to beat this virus.  We are all taking care of the vulnerable in our society by washing our hands, social distancing, staying at home and checking in on them regularly.  The empty streets around the world are not a sign of an apocalypse, but rather “the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness in our lifetime.” (courtesy of Twitter)


It could be very easy to become overwhelmed by anxiety, fear and stress at the moment, so I want to take this opportunity to urge you all to focus on your well-being as much as on your schoolwork.


Sit in your garden, in nature and take deep breaths; go for a walk if it is safe to do so; learn a new skill (eg. baking, cooking, painting, knitting) or teach someone in your household something new; read as much as you can; NI libraries “Libby” app allows access to e-books and audiobooks and if you aren’t already a library member you can join up easily online.  The French writer and philosopher Voltaire wrote: “Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.” So on that note, I challenge you to listen to music and dance like no one is watching!


In the future, how we all dealt with this pandemic as a society and as individuals may well feature in a GCSE History exam! Imagine that!


We have all been accustomed to rushing about: to school, to work, to activities, to social events and suddenly we find ourselves unable to do any of those things.  Try not to be frustrated and make the most of this time.  Read those books, watch the Netflix show you have been meaning to for months, call the people you care about more often.  We are not the superheroes out there working in hospitals, police, fire or ambulance stations, science laboratories or supermarkets and pharmacies, but we can all help each other in our own way.  Social distancing, washing our hands, being there for each other – and that includes for the grown-ups in your home; they might be worried too!


Martin Luther King Jr wrote: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Let us all be stars in the darkness.


Take care and stay safe,


Mr McCullough.